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Springworks shows efficiency is a hot topic

An energy efficient electric oven to heat steel for making steel springs for vehicles has been designed and constructed in a small, family-owned engineering company in Launceston.

Managing Director Robert Leighton and the staff of Leighton Springworks Suspension and Engineering recently commissioned their new oven.

"The oven is about six and a half times more energy efficient than the gas-fired furnace it replaces. It will reduce the company’s greenhouse gas emissions by 28 tonnes per year, and cut their annual energy bill by about 75%%," said Mr Leighton said.

"By converting from gas, we have more control over the process, more even heating of the steel, a faster job turnaround, and a safer working environment".

Leighton Springworks collaborated with the State Government’s CleanBiz program to fund the project.

It will take Leighton Springworks around two years to pay back the capital investment from the savings.

CleanBiz Officer in the Environment Division Damien Blackwell said Leighton Springworks have their eyes on the financial bottom line, and on the business risks ahead resulting from a changing meteorological, and political, climate.

Leighton Springworks is just one company out of 18 to date, assisted with grants and facilitation services from the million CleanBiz program.

"These 18 companies will soon implement about ,000 in cost savings, with further cost savings expected as other projects are implemented," Mr Blackwell said.

"They will also make significant savings in energy use, materials, water and waste".